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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jan 25, 2011 11:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: E-72 Aarhus Univ 04/16/72 (+1) (recording from the Vault!)

I'll agree with the rest of you folks that we haven't even heard what the box set will sound like. All the streams available at dead.net now are most likely straight transfers from the tapes (no extra mixing or remastering), so I would expect the release to sound a bit different. (*How* different, who knows...)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 26, 2011 6:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: E-72 Aarhus Univ 04/16/72 (+1) (recording from the Vault!)

Though I am on a bit of a break, my sense of every early era show, and I have grabbed every one (DPs, DL series, recent RTs, save one, etc., etc) is that the official release ALWAYS beats whatever we "have" circulating.

I've never said "hmm, this just doesn't seem to cut it". The only exceptions to this rule were the oft discussed mid to late 70s DPs, released yrs ago, that often seemed "flat" to me, uninspired, and the consensus seemed to be this was due to how they were recorded/produced, and perhaps even "played" (my bias), BUT this hasn't been the case with any recent releases.

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jan 26, 2011 7:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: E-72 Aarhus Univ 04/16/72 (+1) (recording from the Vault!)

The operative word stated was an "impression" being a first generation transfer.

The problem with digital storage mediums, particularly MP-3 is the compression algorithm designed to reduce the amount of data. Lossless files deliver significantly higher resolution.

The problem with desktop and portable digital playback devices are the lousy internal digital to analog converters used in I-Pods and PC's, the cheap little amplifier I/C's that drive the headphone outputs that are then connected to either "in-ear" headphones or PC speakers.

The best performance available would be to transfer the digital signal directly out of the storage device (pc or ipod) to an "external" digital to analog converter connected to a reasonable hi-fi system.

If you are streaming from the internet, there is an affordable product solution from Logitech the "Squeezebox Duet".

http://www.logitech.com/en-au/speakers-audio/wireless-music-systems/devices/3817

If you are playing back from an I-Pod, there is an affordable product solution from Wadia the 170i Transport.

http://www.wadia.com/products/transports/170i/

Therefore, one simply can't consider PC speakers with subwoofer to be an "audiophile" medium.

I agree with WT that some of the 70's Dicks Picks were muddy sounding and that was the best they could deliver from cassette masters, particulary 05/22/77 Sportatorium.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 26, 2011 9:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: E-72 Aarhus Univ 04/16/72 (+1) (recording from the Vault!)

Yes, I am one that really only listens via my "mid-range" home system, with decent JBLs, and never the puter. I do admit to having an ipod that I use for the gym, when I can, and use either MP3 or WAVs, and just due to the hphones/setting, it sounds good enough.